One of my go-to meet-up spots in the East Village is Cafe Mocha--it's sort of the Central Perk of the East Village. There is a large outdoor table area, as well as a nice sized dining room. Cafe Mocha, while serving food and wine, is definitely a coffee shop at its soul. Some places you'd feel like a total tool taking up a table and only purchasing a cup of coffee. That's ok at Cafe Mocha. The cup sizes are generous and I always think of So, I Married an Ax Murderer.